Library

Over 30,000 books cover subjects relating to archaeology, geology, natural history, geography, Dorset writers, social history and local studies. The library also contains a considerable archive of maps and plans, printed ephemera, as well as biological and geological field notebooks, archaeological excavation reports and academic research papers.

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

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Library

November 2, 2020

Edward Cunnington’s Notebook

Edward Cunnington (1825-1916) excavated around 46 Dorset barrows, including Clandon Barrow near Maiden Castle, in the late 19th century. Cunnington wrote up reports of his…

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Library

November 2, 2020

On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection by Charles Darwin This rare first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species…

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Library

November 2, 2020

Mary Anning’s Commonplace Book

Fossil collector and scientist Mary Anning (1799-1847) handwrote prayers, poems and texts she valued into this unique document, her final notebook. Simple books like this…

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